Suspect sought in robbery

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities are seeking information leading to the whereabouts of a suspect who they say used a threatening note to rob a bank last week.

According to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, who is described as a black man, wearing a black hat and black jacket, walked into the Best Bank inside the Kroger located on Ga. Highway 20 just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Upon entering the store, the suspect reportedly approached the bank counter and demanded money.

"The teller gave him a deposit slip. When (the suspect) turned the deposit slip back into the teller, he had written a note stating to put the money in the bag and that he had a gun," Watterson said.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the teller, the suspect fled the scene on foot.

Though he threatened that he was in possession of a firearm, the suspect never actually showed one to the teller, according to the NCSO spokesman.

Watterson said that investigators are currently in the process of reviewing surveillance camera footage from the robbery, which they hope will yield some clues as to the suspect's identity.

Authorities ask that anyone with information as to the whereabouts or identity of the suspect contact the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.